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102009TradesDay

Tours, discussions highlight R.I. trade event

About 100 people turned out Saturday for Marine Trades Day at the Melville Marine Complex in Portsmouth, R.I., where 13 companies opened their doors for tours and discussions. Though not a “job fair,” several companies at the complex, including The Hinckley Co., Hunt Yachts and New England Boat Works, sought to connect with potential qualified…more

Marine surveyor group names officers

The Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors recently elected new officers to serve during 2010. George Gallup, of Lynn, Mass., was named president; Joseph Lobley, of Waldoboro, Maine, was named executive vice president and Stuart McLea, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, was named secretary/treasurer. Also named as vice presidents were James Wood, of Morro Bay, Calif.; Lloyd…more

Gladding-Hearn receives contract to build pilot boat

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding Duclos Corp. received a new C. Raymond Hunt & Associates-designed pilot boat order from the Maryland Pilots. Delivery of the new 53-footer in 2010 will mark the shipyard’s 11th Chesapeake class pilot boat since it was introduced in 2002, according to a report on MarineLink.com. The new all-aluminum pilot boat measures 52.5 feet…more

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Boatbuilder crosses Atlantic in flats boat

The owner of a fledging Florida boat company and his brother hopscotched their way up the East Coast and across the Atlantic – an 8,312-mile odyssey – in a 21-foot center console power catamaran, hoping to raise money for military charities while drawing attention to his boat’s seaworthiness. Ralph Brown, 50, owner of Dream Boats,…more

Companies team up for new motoryacht

Ocean Alexander Yachts and Christensen Yachts are teaming up to produce a new 115-foot tri-level motoryacht. Construction will take place in Christensen’s Vancouver, Wash., shipyard. The new motoryacht will be ABS/MCA-certified, and will provide chartering capabilities previously unavailable in any yacht smaller than 130 feet. “The 115 project is only the beginning of cooperation between…more

Melges production moving to U.S.

Production of the Audi Melges 20 is moving to the United States, the Zenda, Wis.-based company announced. The first series of boats were produced by McConaghy, a builder with operations in Australia, China and Hong Kong. “Moving production back to the U.S. will potentially allow for higher availability and quicker delivery,” the company said in…more

Chesapeake symposium seeks papers

Organizers of the second Chesapeake Power Boat Symposium have sent out a call for papers for the event scheduled for March 19-20, 2010, at St. John’s College in Annapolis. Co-sponsored by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and Professional BoatBuilder magazine, the symposium covers the latest powerboat developments. Topics include hull design and…more

Zyvex using Tenax carbon fiber on 540SE

Zyvex Performance Materials, a leader in nanomaterials applications, is partnering with Toho Tenax America to use Tenax carbon fiber in the construction of Zyvex’s 540SE advanced technology demonstrator boat. ZPM’s carbon nanotube technology prepreg, Arovex, will be made using Tenax carbon fiber for this project. “Toho Tenax America is proud to be partnering with Zyvex…more

Superyacht designed to look like a killer whale

Boston-based architect Kevin Schopfer has designed a $95 million superyacht to look like a killer whale. Schopfer designed the 76-meter “Oculus” with the idea that luxury yachts should move away from generic boat shapes to something more playful, according to an article on CNN.com. He also designed a 91-meter yacht, Infinitas, to resemble the figure-of-eight…more

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ZPM signs deal with X-Tender Boats

Zyvex Performance Materials formed an agreement with X-Tender Boats to supply Arovex, ZPM’s next generation carbon nanotube-enhanced prepreg carbon fiber, for the boatbuilder’s new line of yacht tenders. “Our goal at X-Tender is to make the ultimate yacht tender. In order to do that, we need the best in materials, and Arovex is the most…more

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